Harmonica Lessons


Video Lesson: How to Create Throat Vibrato

By Michael Rubin ~ I loved harmonica from the moment I played it. The sound was the coolest, it was small enough to fit in the pocket and my hands, and I could play it right away. But the sound that kept me in the game was Paul Butterfield’s throat vibrato. It was deep, sobbing, guttural and sorrowful and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

7 Years Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Really lyrical song. The softer and smoother it’s played, the better, country style in 2nd position works well for it, there are a lot of bends on 3. Sometimes I use wah-wah tremolo effect, usually to finish the line on the last note. A lot of vibrato here, throat and tongue. Also not to mention [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Cheap Thrills Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ First off, it took me some time to choose the key of the harmonica to keep that melisma which starts the chorus with the words “Baby I don’t…”. I went with the 2nd position, B harmonica, and the key of F#m, where I have that bend on 3, which fits that phrase. If you choose [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: On The Road Again (Canned Heat)

By JP Allen ~ Following up from last week’s interview with Mr Will Wilde here’s a cool lesson from the man himself. The song is the instantly recognizable On The Road Again by Canned Heat, such an awesome tune to have in your repertoire. (And if you’re looking for more lessons from Will check out Breakthrough Blues which includes [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: Born In Chicago (Paul Butterfield)

By Liam Ward ~ Born in Chicago is one of the late great Paul Butterfield’s most celebrated solos, and has lots of powerful features to get your teeth into with bends, double stops and glissando among them. The solo is typical of Butterfield’s punchy, aggressive style and has a fine balance of flashy lines and tasteful space. Born in [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: Lollipop Mama (William Clarke)

By Liam Ward ~ Lollipop Mama is one of William Clarke’s most popular songs: a mile-a-minute blues swing with a load of awesome techniques thrown in, which for us means lots to study and enjoy. I was amazed by how much he packs into the explosive opening solo, which clocks at a mere 15 seconds. Great players like William [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold)

By Liam Ward ~ Original 1955 version Tabbed for diatonic harmonica by Liam Ward Song key: G (C harp in 2nd position) ‘I Wish You Would’ is Billy Boy Arnold’s defining song: wailing harp and gruff vocals set to a driving Bo Diddley-style boogie beat. The tab I’ve provided covers the whole song, including three super-catchy licks, which you [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Despacito Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Here’s the hot Puerto Rican hit Despacito played on the harmonica for you, with tabs so you can play along too. I used multiple harmonica parts to make it sound richer, played the chugging technique for the rap part and fooled around with the effects a little bit 🙂 Tabs and the original song are [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Tutorial: Help Me by Sonny Boy Williamson

By Alex Paclin ~ Tab and lesson notes below the video! Help Me: Classic blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, very minor sounding and very groovy. Simply there’s a bass riff 1 b3 4 over I IV and V chords, which makes it sound so bluesy. This song has a lot of texture, dynamics and strong note attacks. It has [&hellip... Continue Reading »